Child abuse in Norway has increased during the corona pandemic

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The number of sexual assaults on children under the age of 16 has increased by 3.2% after the corona crisis hit Norway. The number of abuse cases has increased by 12.5%.

The increase was revealed in the most recent figures from the Police Directorate, according to newspaper Aftenposten.

“In weeks 11 to 45, there has been an increase in the number of cases of 3.2% compared to the same period in 2019. 

“For cases related to abuse in close relationships, a total of 2,167 cases have been registered. 

“That is an increase of 12.5% compared to the same period last year,” section chief Harald Bøhler in the criminal case section of the Police Directorate noted.

The Norwegian Police Directorate is concerned that there may be an increased risk of children being sexually abused during the pandemic.

“This was especially true at the beginning of the pandemic when schools, kindergartens, and other services for children were completely or partially closed. 

“During this period, there was also an increased concern that children living in families where they are exposed to violence and abuse were not identified,” he said.

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